Periodontal disease has different levels. Periodontitis is the most severe. When you present with severe gum disease, you can end up with periodontal pockets, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. This progressive disease is the number one reason for adult tooth loss. Does periodontitis stop at your oral health? Compelling studies say otherwise. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will share some of the most common overall health conditions implicated in oral-systemic health.
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The “bad guys” most likely responsible for heart disease include poor diet, lack of activity, untreated high blood pressure, and smoking. In many compelling research studies, gum disease has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. It may not have been proven yet, but the theory is that bacteria from infected gums enter the bloodstream and attach via plaque to the coronary arteries in a similar way that plaque latches on to teeth and causes cavities. This allows blood clots to form. Inflammation of your gums causes inflammation in other areas of the body, including the arteries. The more arteries swell, the more difficult healthy blood flow is.
Blood Sugar Issues
The link between diabetes and gum disease may go both ways. Periodontal disease increases blood sugar levels, triggering diabetes or making existing diabetes more serious. At the same time, diabetics are more likely to develop infections, including gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, after all, so this is unfortunately a very common side effect for diabetics.
There are now actual blood tests for Alzheimer’s Disease. In fact, the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease have been found in the blood plasma of patients with dementia. This suggests a strong link between periodontitis (severe gum disease) and Alzheimer’s. Research studies point to prolonged periods of inflammation directly connection to decreased cognitive functioning. Furthermore, chewing is related to better cognitive function in the elderly years. So keeping teeth healthy is all the more important as we age.
Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist
Dr. Askari at Comfort Dental Spa can assess your gums and offer treatment to get that inflammation under control and bring your entire body back into balance. Call (248) 474-6434 to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Askari happily serves patients in Farmington Hills, Northfield, Southfield, and Livonia.